3,000 march on No 10 over witch-hunt of Ul­ster troops

Daily Mail - - News - By Ian Drury Home Af­fairs Edi­tor

THOU­SANDS will march on Down­ing Street to­day to protest against the de­ci­sion to re­ex­am­ine ev­ery Army killing in the fight against Ir­ish repub­li­can ter­ror­ism.

Up to 1,000 ex-sol­diers, many in their 60s and 70s, are now po­ten­tial mur­der or man­slaugh­ter sus­pects over ac­tions at the height of the IRA’s cam­paign, af­ter the Po­lice Ser­vice of North­ern Ire­land chose to re-open in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The march has been or­gan­ised by the protest group Jus­tice For North­ern Ire­land Vet­er­ans and is ex­pected to at­tract 3,000 cam­paign­ers.

They have called for a statute of lim­i­ta­tions to pre­vent vet­er­ans fac­ing le­gal ac­tion. This would ef­fec­tively grant im­mu­nity to those who served in Ul­ster from 1969 to the sign­ing of the Good Fri­day Agree­ment in 1998.

A vet­eran warned last night that the ‘witch-hunt’ against troops will last ‘years and years’ un­less the Gov­ern­ment acts. Den­nis Hutch­ings, who is fac­ing an at­tempted mur­der charge over a shoot­ing more than 40 years ago, said ex-sol­diers had been ‘aban­doned’ by min­is­ters.

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